Experience our summit

Experience Our TRC Global Summit and Documentary Film

We invite you to watch our recording of the TRC Global Summit including our new thought-provoking documentary film, Five Commitments: Truth & Reconciliation Conversations. Watch for free, or you can apply to earn academic and/or professional development credit through CHS Nelson Mandela Academy.

Would you like to host a screening, or learn more about how to earn credit and continue the conversation? Contact us at contact@trcglobalsummit.org

 

Welcome

 

Khalil Osiris, founder of TRC, welcomed attendees to the virtual TRC Global Summit in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18-19,2021.

Introduction 

Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Communities and Social Justice, City of London, introduced the TRC Global Summit and shared her reason for participating in it not only as an elected official, but as a mother.

Opening Conversation

Any attempt to confront the legacy of racism must begin with understanding the history of the slave trade, and its enduring impact on every single continent. UNESCO’s Slave Route Project aims to shed new light on hidden histories, to combat ignorance and spark dialogue.

Doudou Diene, former UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance

In conversation with Khalil Osiris, Founder, Truth & Reconciliation Conversations and Reflecting Freedom Network.

Five Commitments: Truth & Reconciliation Conversations documentary film

In honor of Nelson Mandela International Day and the ongoing struggle for human rights and racial and social justice, the TRC’s 67-minute documentary film features the inspiring stories of 5 people who share their experiences with racism and reconciliation in context of TRC’s five commitments; compassionate empathy, courageous listening, painful conversations, social reckoning and spiritual reconciliation.

Glenn Ellis – Compassionate Empathy

Tanya Cook – Courageous Listening

Keyon Harrold – Painful Conversations

Oren Lomena – Social Reckoning

Shawn Moore – Spiritual Reconciliation

How we respond matters

Four panelists responded to the 2021 TRC documentary film, Five Commitments: Truth & Reconciliation Conversations, and shared how they address racism and other forms of injustice in a way that promotes reckoning and reconciliation.  

Tali Nates, Founder and Director, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Museum

H.E. Ambassador Nomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK

Diana Yeh, Associate Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at City, University of London

Fatima Zaman, Advocate, Kofi Annan Foundation

Moderated by Alexandra Pascalidou, journalist, author and presenter

Poetic PRIDE

South African activist and spoken-word poet, Lee Mokobe, delivered a powerful message about the intersection of race, identity and the fierce struggle for LGBTQ+ self-definition

Speaking Truth to Power

Part 1: A short documentary tribute to George Floyd, on the the 1-year anniversary of his murder, featuring the people and community that came together to celebrate his life and legacy.

Part 2: CHS Nelson Mandela Academy, with its focus on online civic education and engagement, is pioneering the use of blogging as a way to continue the conversation after the TRC Global Summit and to earn high school or college credit for activism focused on human rights and racial equality and social justice

Civic Education in Action

Four activists and community leaders reflected on the usefulness of TRC’s five commitments to them personally and in their work with others to address the biggest challenges of our times.

Facilitators

Mete Coban, Founder of My Life My Say

Colombe Cahen Salvador and Andrea Venzon, Co-Founders,  ATLAS

Yvonne ChowPolicy Advisor, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Colorful Comedy

South African author, actress, and satirist, Lesego Tlhabi, performed a provocative skit that brilliantly captured how black consciousness and white privilege can both function as unconscious bias.

 

Musical Interlude

“Red, White, Black & Blue,” is an original song by Alfred Cleveland, with Keyon Harrold, that was created for the TRC Global Summit. Alfred is an artist who was recently released from prison, with the help of the Innocence Project, after serving 25 1/2-years for a crime he didn’t commit. Keyon is a grammy-winning jazz musician whose son was infamously accused of stealing an iPhone in a video that went viral.

 Race & Culture Matters

Celebrated artists and cultural influencers discussed the intersection of race and the arts and the importance of the arts in breaking down barriers and sparking conversation. They explored the existential question, “What is the role of art and culture in shaping our dialogue and narrative about truth and reconciliation?”
 
Isaac Julien, Artist and Filmmaker
 

J.Ralph, Composer, Musician and Producer

Webster, Activist, Hip-Hop Artist, Historian

Louise Thurin, Writer and Cultural Activist

In conversation with Farah Nayeri, Culture Writer, The New York Times

Keynote Message

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE  gave an eloquent and moving keynote message about the importance of truth and reconciliation as a pragmatic and inclusive way to redress historic injustices.

Closing Remarks

Khalil Osiris, founder of the Truth & Reconciliation Conversations (TRC) Global Summit, thanked the TRC team, attendees, donors, knowledge partners and the title sponsor, Dr. Jim Etter and the Citizens High School team. He shared an inspiring Call to Action and invited everyone to continue the conversation by registering with CHS Nelson Mandela Academy at contact@trcglobalsummit.org.

 

What people were saying

PeeJay Stroud: “Hello all from California. So excited about these conversations and problem solving opportunities.”

Linda Stathoplos: “My mother’s caregiver, a person of color originally from Jamaica, could not get adequate attention at the Connecticut hospital where she was taken after a diabetic coma, until my (white) sister insisted she be cared for. In November 2020! Horrifying reality that he is describing.”

Thokozile Lewanika Mpupuni : “Tanya Cook is so inspiring! 🙌🏾”

Brett Anderson:” i don’t think being color blind is the solution because that doesn’t see people or acknowledge what they have faced or still face. We need to be color celebratory…”

Argelis Jolliffe: “color blindness is an illusion in as much as race is a societal construct”

Glenn Ellis: “Humbled to be a part of this important work!”

John Warren: “This documentary is AWESOME! Thanks so much!”

Sue Nussbaum : “thank you for this inspiring documentary. Much work to do”

Karen Ashikeh: “Thanks for sharing this process that is hopefully occuring each day. SOOO important to bring this to schools to let youth honestly address racism and find their solutions to unite against it.’

Shreya Dhar: “This document is something all youth needs to understand! Thank you so much!”

Genevieve Ruegg: :I am SO grateful for this Summit!”

Peggy Mongoato: “A Tide Of Reconcilers”

Maureen Stephens: “Thank you for all of the powerful voices who were brave enough to share their stories, Glenn Ellis, Tanya Cook, Keyon Harrold, Oren Lomena, and Shawn Moore!”

BRIDGE ELITE GLOBAL Foundation: “Great information from you all!! I definitely agree with Madame Ambassador regarding standing by the voices of our children when speaking out for the benefits of humanity!!”

Sara Young: “So grateful for this discussion, thank you!”

Tanya Cook: “Preach!”

Farah Nayeri: “Beautiful…”

Peggy Mongoato: “Tyooovityoooo! We Are Beautiful ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Amazing Poem, Lee. Thank you”

Marianne Weiss : “Inspiring! Thank you!”

Anne Mwangi: “Lee that poem was so moving and powerful. Thank you so much.”

Alfred Cleveland: “Love this Summit!”

Noel Mduduzi Makoni: “At its most basic, “defund the police” means reallocating money from policing to other agencies funded by local municipalities. Obama dismissed it as being a “snappy” slogan, cautioning young people from using it. I feel like the slogan sparked a very important conversation in the US and globally. Is there any way to market this stance better, and many so-called “radical” or “snappy” slogans better? Can we meet the so-called political centre or right halfway on this?”

Margaret Thompson: “I think in today’s society that racism is in forms such as microinvalidations, microaggressions, etc. as opposed to the older generations that were extremely violent verbally and physically.”

Ilona Nemeth: “Microaggressions against AAPI individuals is rampant now more than ever and can often be more hurtful over time than overt racism. How can we stand up against these microaggressions?”

Janel Leon: “Self-reflection can be a stressful and potentially painful practice for people. What would you suggest to those who are struggling with self-reflection?”

Mr. G: “Hot hot hot salute to the red black an blue”

Rana Haugen Core: “Thank you for the original music and video from Alfred Cleveland and Nick Styles, with beautiful trumpet from the brilliant trumpeter, Keyon Harrold!”

Susan Schantz: “Thank you so much from Jacksonville, Florida!!”

Maria Estela Ayala: “I can’t wait to see what other events you have planned for the future”